Monday, July 21, 2014


♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you-u-u-u,♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪Happy Birthday to you-u-u-u,♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday, dear Carrie ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you-u-u-u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was gone all day and nearly missed your birthday!!! I bet you did something very special in Japan to celebrate this day!!! 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

One hour quick draw today at the Art-A-Fair.

Nap Time

Nap Time 4 x 2.5"'s my posting experiment. It seems to have gone through, (though it's a bit faded looking). This little bear was posing for me at the Lincoln Park Zoo a couple of years ago. I didn't get around to painting him until recently. I couldn't "BEAR" leaving him alone any longer. He's one of three miniatures I have ready for upcoming fall shows. I have a bunch on the desk too but they are not yet completed.

Piscis Walmartis ( fish at Walmart in the gold fish tank) class demo

Watercolor 13 x 9-1/2" on Arches 300# cold press.   Fun Saturday class demo at Venus Studios Art Center. Was at Walmart buying some paint brushes for my classes and walked past the fish tanks.  Had to stop and take some pix.  The Walmart logo was reflected in the glass onto the fin.  A Facebook friend gave it the title. 
See the entire $99 collection

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sunflowers in Old Bucket

18x12 watercolor on Canson 140 lb CP, drawn yesterday from separate photos and combined into one composition. Painting was begun yesterday also, part of it, for a man who came into the studio and wanted to see how wc is done. After doing that demo, I finished it up today. The old metal bucket I got at Les' family reunion a few years ago; it had pentas in it and they died, but these sunflowers won't!
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Trouble Posting

Some are having trouble posting and if you would go to your google page and to the forum you can find answers to problems you are having. It is not something I can fix but is something only you can do. I did see back there that they had posted if you are unable to post to do:
Some things to try if you are still having problems.

1) Make sure 3rd Party Cookies are ENABLED in your Browser
2) Clear out/delete Cookies AND Cache
3) DISABLE any Addons/Extensions that you have installed in your browser.
4) Restart your Browser and check that the Addons/Extensions are still Disabled

Thursday, July 17, 2014


♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you-u-u-u,♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪Happy Birthday to you-u-u-u,♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday, dear MARY ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you-u-u-u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 Hoping your day is full of sunshine and laughter!!! Have a wonderful time and HAPPY BIG 5- 0 !!!!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Need a Title??

Another mixed  media piece.  I am needing a title as I might try and put this in our upcoming art show.  Any ideas?
This is my most recent painting, watercolor, Top Shelf.  It is adapted from a photo I took last summer in Ottawa at a pub.  It is a good intro for me because you can see I love color.  This was most fun because of the diverse textures.  That's about it.  I have a lighthouse that's a tad abstract on the drawing board right now, so one of these months I'll be able to share that!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

My paintings now available printed on t-shirts

T-shirts are available at
You may select from several images and move the image around on the shirt to suit your own creative style.
Prints full image on front and back. Vivid colors and very nice quality.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Dalmatian Pet Portrait in Oil Paint

Recently completed, this pet portrait of Molly Dalmatian is estimated to be delivered to Molly's person today. This is one of four Dalmatian paintings commissioned by this client. I am now painting the third one. 
Molly Dalmatian oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches copyright Vernita Bridges Hoyt 2014 sold

I haven't been blogging much over the past few months. I hope to be more diligent about blogging when summer has ended. For now, I can't seem to keep myself out of the new flower garden. 

Vernita Hoyt

Thursday, July 10, 2014

How to Paint a Sunflower! Video

2009 Sunflower Video. I posted this on Facebook for Throw Back Thursday, and Janet commented she had never seen the video. I got to thinking there might be others of you who never saw it (my most popular YouTube video) so thought I would share it here again. After Janet's inspiring comments, I'm planning to make a new video this Fall 2014. Thanks for the push, Janet!

Everybody have a happy day!

Vernita Hoyt

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Apricot Irises

11x7.5 watercolor on 140 lb cold press Langton paper, a demo begun Monday for one of my art classes, then finished yesterday.   These lovelies were photographed in my yard back when we got regular rain.  This is a scan so colors appear more orange than they really are.
Image is COPYRIGHT 2014 Kay Smith.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Paintbrush Necklace

Here is the paintbrush necklace that I promised to post. Sorry that I have no more information on it but that I bought it at an art fair last year.

"glow" and a bunch of other stuff

I have been busy.  First getting the studio ready from the studio tour…and then recovering from it!   Goodness that is so much work getting organized, painting the studio and putting in a new floor, ordering new business cards, printing new cards and mini prints.  Phew!

And they trying to finish this oil painting on time to deliver it to it's new home!  And I have a commission to do another one similar!

Then I had very special visitors. My daughter, grandson and sister were here for a week and a half!  So much fun. Theo is now 14 months old and is a going concern.  And those expressive eyes! Theo is below and the next photo is of my two daughters with Theo enjoying his first ice cream cone.  Sadly, they have returned to Vancouver.

Add insult to injury - I have hurt my back again, so sitting, stairs and standing hurt. Oh well.  Back to physic I go - hi ho hi ho.

I hope your summer is shaping up wonderfully - I know Suzie got rain!

Friday, July 4, 2014


First let me apologize as I should have put up a thread for Canada Day! I am really not with it these days!  I am sorry about that to our 4 Canadian members! Please join in here and let us know what you did!
We have company coming today for lunch and the boat regatta that starts in front of our house. The last few years we have frozen, been blown away and rained on so if it looks ugly I am not going to go this year.. too nuts!ha!
Let us know what you did today!!!
I love my country...may she find her way through all of the troubles that beset us.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Two New Corny Ones

Greetings All ! I'm sorry to not been posting much lately. I have no excuse. I've just been more lazy than usual, I guess. But I HAVE been painting. Just completed two new "corny" ones. Both are full sheets, 22"x30".  As usual I've submitted the wrong one to the wrong show so you know I'll have the wrong usual. snerk.
Strange how the computer doesn't like "blues".  I did Cornundrum II (white husks) first and now after completing the second, I see where I need to go back & change things. Cross fingers, hold thumbs, whatever you do in hopes the jurors don't feel the same. 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Joining SuzyPal w/ WyWS Show

This one was selected for Wyoming Watercolor Society Show, 22x15 wc on handmade rough cold press 140 lb.  I'm not sure if I've posted it here on the Colony or not when I painted it last August...I put a number 53 tag in its left ear for the year I was born to a cattle farmer, lol!
Image is COPYRIGHT 2013 Kay Smith.